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I am on the US East Coast and in dire need of a 2004 V70R wheel lock remover. The car is currently at a Volvo specialist who has damaged almost all his tools trying to remove the left front tire. My key broke while trying to remove the lock so now I have to find a solution for all four wheels.

Part number has changed, and the dealer says there is no chance of a new one fitting. Best they could do was offer the name of the part manufacturer for Volvo to see if my mechanic can get a master key from them.

In short, need to borrow\buy\lease a 2004 V70R wheel lock key to get the locks off.


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If you're not able to locate a key, you could try this method:

 

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Thanks qwkbrk. Intriguing approach. I will mention it to my mechanic. He said there was a raised ring of hard metal around the base of the lock designed to prevent other tools from fitting properly. He has not been able to convince anyone to weld a small piece of metal to give needed leverage.
 

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I've never met a wheel lock that didn't give way to me and my air hammer. 24 years of removing locking wheel studs that some bone head either broke or lost.
I would ask if your key broke while they used a impact wrench as you are NOT supposed to use impact wrenches on wheel locks. They should always be loosened while the vehicle is on the ground and with hand tools. There are various removal tools out there from Snap On and Matco. I use a heavy duty air hammer/chisel and carefully cut a small edge and then use the air chisel to convince the lock off. I always tape and protect the wheel as to avoid damage. In some cases heat may be needed. I have only ever had one that was cross threaded as well as missing the key. That one required drilling out and a new bearing but it still came off. If your Specialty Shop cannot get off a wheel lock, I don't know if I would trust their other work. I usually charge .5hrs per wheel lock removal, so expect to pay something extra. If they broke your lock using an impact wrench, I would argue you shouldn't have to pay any extra since they should have used hand tools with the lock and key.
 

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Oceans60R, I actually broke it leaning in too hard with a breaker bar... The real bone heads were the guys at the tire place, I begged and pleaded that they refrain from using power tools to tighten the bolts when I went to get new tires, and explained for the umpteenth time ever why Volvos were different and the danger of warping the rotors if the correct tightening procedure was not followed. They nodded and apparently just ignored me because it really should not be that hard to get these things off. I got a nasty welt above my eye when the lock broke and my face found the fender. Have you had to convince a V70R lock to come off before? I really respect this Volvo mech, I've known him for years, he is actually a master mech on both Mercedes and Volvo. Extremely thorough and he says Volvo really went all out in making those locks hard to remove.
 

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That's a shame it was possibly over torqued. That can stretch the treads making removal even more difficult. You will most likely need to use an air hammer at this juncture. If the lock is hardened, you may need a dremel to cut a slot in the lock to allow the air chisel to grab. With Pegasus wheels it makes it a little tricky but not the worst I've ever dealt with. Patience and care and prep will save you from a damaged wheel. What sucks is were the other wheel locks removed or is it just this last one. I hope its just the one. BTW, I hate wheel locks, hate is a strong word but I do hate them. In 24 years in the automotive business I have only encountered one customer who's wheels were ever stolen. Yet I have spent hours upon hours trying to locate the key in cars, only to find out the customer keeps the key at home or oh yeah its been lost for awhile but can't you still do my brakes. It is literally the biggest time waster of anything that goes into car repair. They are almost never where they should be (with the jack tools). Dealers sell them for "Security" but Dealers sell them to add profit as in the kits are $20 and they bang them on every new vehicle for $100. Sorry. Hope you are able to get the stubborn lock off and please toss them all in the trash. Stolen wheels are very rare but covered by insurance, lost and broken locks are much more common and covered by the owner's wallet.
 

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I just went through this with a parts car that had no wheel key. I was able to borrow the master set(s) from the dealer and get them off.

Do you know your wheel key number/code?

 

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Discount tire can remove them.
 

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^ Well said . . .
+1.

Mech called late last week, he was able to wrench one off and will try the approach with the other three. I wholeheartedly agree with Oceans60R. I never go where my wheels would be at the risk of "walking off". I intend to remove the locks from my other car and toss them in the trash. Thanks all for the helpful advice and tips.
 

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It's easier just to remove the locking bolts before you go the the dealer, then Refit them when you get back home that's what I do.
Also if the bolt looks like it's worn or key worn damaged don't Refit it.get a new set.
 

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if you call mcgaurd they will sell you a new key, if you dont have the key number you will have to take pictures of the wheel bolt head and send it to them. they then will find the correct key. I had to do this last year. was about 17$ for the new key.
 

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Hope you are able to get the stubborn lock off and please toss them all in the trash. Stolen wheels are very rare but covered by insurance, lost and broken locks are much more common and covered by the owner's wallet.
This +10. I've had this happen to my Wrangler. Wheel locks aren't worth the hassle.
 
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